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CHPSO Turns 10!
CHPSO celebrated its ten-year anniversary November 5

Originally named the California Hospital Patient Safety Organization, CHPSO, now known by its acronym, operates under the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005. Over 80 Patient Safety Organizations (PSO) are listed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). CHPSO is one of the first, largest and most transparent, providing healthcare organizations with a federal protection, Patient Safety Work Product (PSWP). Members share their safety events with CHPSO. In return, CHPSO analyzes and de-identifies safety events, sharing information about with the members and the public.

Founded in November 2008 with the support of the California Hospital Association and the regional hospital associations in California, CHPSO serves over 400 healthcare organizations in ten states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington. With over 1.9 million safety events submitted to the CHPSO database so far, members receive specific evaluations and analyses on these events.

One of CHPSO’s benefits to members are the Safe Table Forums. These meetings are typically one-hour in length by phone and a topic is pre-selected for attendees share cases or feedback. With over 20 meetings offered each year, attendees can learn of new safety issues, understand that other providers may experience similar issues, and share back the lessons learned with their team. These frank discussions are protected under PSWP and attendees are free to share safety events with their peers.

An area where members widely benefit from sharing safety events is CHPSO’s history of collaborating among other PSOs, regional, state, and national organizations. As the convener of the Nationwide Alliance for Patient Safety Organizations (NAPSO), CHPSO meets quarterly with other PSOs with the purpose of providing a platform for collaboration and support. The CHPSO team also works with AHRQ, the Office of the National Coordinator, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, and the National Quality Forum. CHPSO is a division of the Hospital Quality Institute.

Many of you may know CHPSO’s founder and executive director, Dr. Rory Jaffe, and have heard that he is moving on to brighter and greener pastures in retirement. CHPSO and HQI are actively searching for an individual to take on this important leadership role. Details are available here.

Thank you to our members and colleagues for making CHPSO a success: your support and contribution to patient safety goes a long way!